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Ms. Hilda Twongyeirwe

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Executive Director

Phone: +256 *********  
Local Address:  Uganda
Company Description: FEMRITE - Uganda Women Writers Association was founded by Hon. Mary Karoro Okurut in 1995. Hon. Karoro is currently the President of FEMRITE, a position that was...   more

Employment History

  • Femrite Regional Residency
  • Coordinator
  • Womens Rights Activist and Coordinator
    FEMRITE Uganda Women Writers Association


  • honours degree , social sciences
    Makerere University
  • master's degree , public administration and management
    Makerere University
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Continuation | African Writers Trust, 11 Dec 2013 [cached]
Hilda Twongyeirwe, Coordinator of FEMRITE, in the middle, and Sophie Bamwoyeraki, writer, (Right).
Billy Kahora, British Council, Commonwealth Writers Prize, Doreen Baingana, Ellah Allfrey, Granta, Hilda Twongyeirwe, Hugh Moffatt, International Public Dialogue, Kwani Trust, Kwani?, Susan Kiguli, Timothy Wangusa, Where is the Great African Novel
Hilda Twongyeirwe, a womens ..., 21 Feb 2013 [cached]
Hilda Twongyeirwe, a womens rights activist and coordinator of FEMRITE Uganda Women Writers Association, a local nongovernmental organization, says that more Ugandans are becoming open-minded about marriage, especially people younger than 40 and who attain higher education . This is a departure from older generations, who still view single life negatively, she says.
Marriage is still considered important, but it is not a priority, she says.
She says that educated people pursue careers, so they now delay marriage or choose not to marry at all. She also attributes the shift in marital views to increased foreign influence.
From the late 90s, there was a lot of interaction between Ugandans and other nationals in schools, workplaces, churches and markets, Twongyeirwe says. They learnt from others different perspectives about marriage.
More women than men are single
because they dont subscribe to the traditional patriarchal views of how wives should act in Ugandan society, Twongyeirwe says.
Women who dont fit the definition of marriageable according to society often find themselves remaining single, she says. Even men are looking for women who can play the womens role cook, raise children, look after the home and these women are getting fewer.
Twongyeirwe says people also now delay or avoid marriage because of economic reasons, personal preferences and past experiences.
Some people have other priorities, others may have suffered disappointments and others, hard economic times, she says.
Social pressure and stigma surround unmarried women and men, but Twongyeirwe says that unmarried women suffer more stigma than men. She says that she hears many negative comments about unmarried women but hasnt heard any about unmarried men.
Unmarried men are simply encouraged to find wives, but unmarried women are regarded impossible, rebellious and proud, demeaning men who approach them, she says. An unmarried women is looked at as one who has refused to fit in the box that society has designed for her. She is then seen as a rebel because society feels they have lost control over her.
She tells a story like a ..., 17 Jan 2015 [cached]
She tells a story like a seasoned writer," Hilda Twongyeirwe, the executive director of FEMRITE said of Kimeria's work.
Twongyeirwe encouraged other writers to emulate the Kenyan author.
She was speaking during the launch of the book at FEMRITE headquarters in Kampala.
Uganda: 30th July 2014, Public Dialogue and Literary Event  | The African Women's Development Fund (AWDF), 30 July 2014 [cached]
Speakers at the event will include Dr Hilda Tadria, Executive Director of MEMPROW and Board member of AWDF; Theo Sowa, CEO of AWDF; Yewande Omotoso, author of Bom Boy; Mamle Kabu, author of The Kaya Girl; Hilda Twongyeirwe, Executive Director of FEMRITE; Hon. Mary Karoro Okurut, Founder of FEMRITE; Lina Zedriga, Director of Women, Peace and Security at Regional Associates for Community Initiatives and Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah, Communications Specialist at AWDF.
Scarlett Lion | Local Media - Part 2, 17 Feb 2011 [cached]
But Ms Hilda Twongyeirwe, the director of Femrite, said women writers formed the organisation because they were not being received as well as men writers which enabled them to shine.
Ms Hilda Twongyeirwe, the co-ordinator of the Uganda Women Writers' Association (Femrite), was happy for Ms Arac, but her happiness stopped at a certain point.
"When someone has won an award, it is an inspiration," said Ms Twongyeirwe. "It makes us say to the other writers, 'When is your piece coming out?"
Since its inception in 1996, Femrite has encouraged Ugandan women to tell their stories. "These girls who have won are working very hard," said Ms Twongyeirwe.
Ms Twongyeirwe, however, does not attribute it to the money and the support as much as the hard work and dedication the women of Femrite have given to their craft.
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